Krakoff goes for a sexier vibe with spring clothes

JOCELYN NOVECK Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Reed Krakoff's designs have always been luxurious and sporty. For spring, he decided to go for sexy, too.

Krakoff's Spring/Summer 2013 preview was heavy on sheer layers, over everything from tanks to leather bra tops to dresses.

Even the feet received the sheer treatment: Krakoff's booties, worn by many models and also by actress Julianne Moore, were made of mesh (models wore "peep-toed" versions, while Mooore's were closed-toed and black.)

There were "stocking jersey" coats, polo shirts, boxer shorts, track jackets and sweatshirts (none of it was suitable for the gym, mind you -- this was very high-end active wear.)

And leather, for which Krakoff is famous, provided a textural counterpoint to all the filminess: A sheer stocking-lace tank was paired with a bonded leather skirt; a stocking jersey track jacket with a sleek rubberized alligator skirt. A stocking jersey slip dress was accompanied by a black python tote.

Krakoff's colors were softer too, this time -- blush, light beige, sepia. Perhaps his most feminine color was a nice shade of rose, though, especially in a luscious and delicate slip dress, paired with an alligator tote in the same color.

"It's more of a sensual kind of sportiness," Krakoff explained after the show. "Kind of luxe sporty, and using more makeup-y colors. It's a mixing together of sporty-casual with more sensuality."

In addition to actress Moore, Vogue editor Anna Wintour was in her usual front-row seat at Wednesday's show.